He lifted up His hands and blessed them. Luke 24:50
Words: Frederick W. Faber, Jesus and Mary, alt. Some sources assert this hymn is in the 1849 edition, but we do not find it there. The earliest instance we’ve seen is in the second edition (London, Richardson & Son, 1852), number 62, An Evening Hymn at the Oratory.
Music: In Tenebris Lumen John B. Dykes, in Hymns Ancient and Modern, 1875 (🔊 pdf nwc).
Sweet Savior! bless us ere we go;
Thy Word into our minds instill,
And make our lukewarm hearts to glow
With lowly love and fervent will.
Through life’s long day and death’s dark night,
O gentle Jesus, be our light!
The day is done; its hours have run;
And Thou hast taken count of all—
The scanty triumphs grace hath won,
The broken vow, the frequent fall.
Grant us, dear Lord! from evil ways
True absolution and release;
And bless us, more than in past days,
With purity and inward peace.
Do more than pardon; give us joy,
Sweet fear, and sober liberty,
And simple hearts without alloy
That only long to be like Thee.
Labor is sweet, for Thou hast toiled,
And care is light, for Thou hast cared;
Ah! never let our works be soiled,
With strife, or by deceit ensnared.
For all we love, the poor, the sad,
The sinful— unto Thee we call;
O let Thy mercy make us glad:
Thou art our Jesus, and our All!
Sweet Savior! bless us; night is come;
Through night and darkness near us be;
Good angels watch about our home,
And we are one day nearer Thee!